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Antakalnis Cemetery 4

 

A poignant memorial to soldiers of Napoleon's Grand Army who died in Vilnius either from hunger, or killed by the pursuing Russian army, during the retreat from Moscow.   In 2002 a mass grave of 3,500 soldiers, and some women, was found and the remains were re-interred here in 2003, more recently, in 2015 another mass grave, with only 18 dead, was discovered and the remains, too are buried here.  The inscription in Lithuanian and French reads: "Here repose the remains of soldiers of the Twenty Nations that comprised the Grand Army of the emperor Napoleon 1st, who died in Vilnius on the return from the campaign in Russia in December 1812".  It's thought that 20,000 may have died around Vilnius, out of the 50,000 who made it that far: Napoleon had started out for Moscow with about 650,000 troops.  Napoleon managed to extricate himself before the end. There's an interesting article on the first discovery here: http://archive.archaeology.org/0209/etc/napoleon.html

 

Apologies for the lack of comment yesterday - I had a telecomms engineer in for most of the afternoon and evening trying to fix my broadband speed - with some success - but it rather knocked my day out!

Antakalnis Cemetery 4

 

A poignant memorial to soldiers of Napoleon's Grand Army who died in Vilnius either from hunger, or killed by the pursuing Russian army, during the retreat from Moscow.   In 2002 a mass grave of 3,500 soldiers, and some women, was found and the remains were re-interred here in 2003, more recently, in 2015 another mass grave, with only 18 dead, was discovered and the remains, too are buried here.  The inscription in Lithuanian and French reads: "Here repose the remains of soldiers of the Twenty Nations that comprised the Grand Army of the emperor Napoleon 1st, who died in Vilnius on the return from the campaign in Russia in December 1812".  It's thought that 20,000 may have died around Vilnius, out of the 50,000 who made it that far: Napoleon had started out for Moscow with about 650,000 troops.  Napoleon managed to extricate himself before the end. There's an interesting article on the first discovery here: http://archive.archaeology.org/0209/etc/napoleon.html

 

Apologies for the lack of comment yesterday - I had a telecomms engineer in for most of the afternoon and evening trying to fix my broadband speed - with some success - but it rather knocked my day out!

comments (9)

The number of dead during these conflicts is staggering.
Tom Wilson: It's portrayed in a very famous graphic: https://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/posters
  • Martine
  • France
  • 19 May 2017, 05:46
Bel hommage pour tous ces soldats.
Tom Wilson: Vraiment, Martine - les soldats de toute l'Europe!
Your write-up has reminded me of the excellent series Astrid and I recently watched on Hitler, Tom, and how many deaths of his own people he was responsible for because he wouldn't allow them to surrender in battle under any circumstance. It's heart-breaking.
Tom Wilson: Beware of any kind of demagog!
War should come with a health warning Tom.
Tom Wilson: These days, the politicians who get us into them have never experienced it themselves!
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 19 May 2017, 07:22
What a dreadful reckoning, Tom
Tom Wilson: It was indeed, Lisl This graphic tells all -https://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/posters
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 May 2017, 07:26
Napoleon was a great man and general but here lies the down-side to all that glory
Tom Wilson: But, like all thirsty for power - eventually evil.
Note to Donald Trump. Invading Russia is not a good idea. Others have tried it before and paid a very heavy price
Tom Wilson: You can say that again! However, these days all he has to do is to press a button - horrendous thought!
History is so interesting but always brings stories of terrible wars and death.
Tom Wilson: Sometimes history seems to be nothing but war!
a sobering thought how many people died that way, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Indeed it is, Ayush.

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